Wednesday, 30 April 2008
We were going to get some ex-battery hens so they could live out the lives in comfort but they are quite difficult to get hold of and I didn't want to confront any defensive factory egg producers. The other reason was that because we have never had hens before new healthy ones would be easier to learn with. I must confess growing up we never had pets except for some fish who always died.
The pictures are the front of the Henhouse Hilton and the big chicken inside is Emily, Cameron was also in but he has reverted to poohing himself so he was removed and put (after a quick change) into his bedroom.
We are going to get the hens on Friday.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Yesterday spent the morning with a client talking though designs and then onto the accountants.
This morning seeing a representive from Awuahawks about organising their content this is rearranged from yesterday.
Good 1200m swim last night giving myself thinking time between each length. The search for the perfect lap/length of the pool continues. Working on keeping head down a bit more with eyes almost looking back seems to really bring the legs up making kicking better and more effective. I finished with 4x25m swimming 'harder' (this is a relative term because you can't swim hard in fistgloves you have to swim with finesse) more thrust with hand entry = stronger kicking =faster swimming.
Monday, 28 April 2008
I took my old Specialized race bike into the bike shop looking to see if there was any way of lowering my handlebars because since I changed my stem for a modern one the my knees hit the new one when I put in a big effort on the bike. (I ride in a very aggressive forward position.) So I decided the only option apart from buying a new bike frame would be the stem.
I've always had a long stem so this variable one will allow me to experiment with shorter length and a bigger drop to try and get my back flat. Body position on the bike is the cheapest and most effective way to get faster for the same effort. I am going to try a lower tri bar position than ever before but I am a 1000% (one thousand %) more flexible now than in my 20's and 30's so I should be able to do it.
This innovative stem provides all the options for the serious cyclist. Allows total adjustability for anyone who desires the custom position or needs a stem that allows different positions for different events.
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Saturday, 26 April 2008
The chicken house is on schedule for completion by the end of tomorrow. Picture will be posted when finished as will more gratuitous pictures of the fruit we have in the garden. Why? I hear you ask. Because I can or in my son's words 'want to'.
Tomorrow, Sunday I will be making a greater effort to publish my training details (this blog is supposed to be triathlon related) and share the details of a rare purchase that I hope will make me go faster for no extra effort... and no it's not illegal.
Be safe, never trust a motorist who isn't a cyclist.
Friday, 25 April 2008
This must be my millionth post today , a refuge from the children .
Till the next installment. Stay safe
The chicken run is complete just got to build the chicken house (children's words). Having changed the plan (nothing new here) due to cost of wood etc, etc, I'm not sure how I'm going to do it yet. Watch this space . I've promised it will be finished by Sunday so we can get the chickens next week. Then I can start blocking up the disused fire place and chimney ready for the winter.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
The video nevers fails to raise my motivation or mood should they start to flag.
You don't know me mitch but thanks.
A few posts ago I mentioned that I'd ordered Teresa's Christmas present now because the company said they would only be ready for Novemberish. Today a courier van turned up, I usually see it arrive from my desk/office/corner of the dining room (I do have a big desk though). I was expecting a book from the WDA web designers association (complimentary - called 'the internet unmasked'- I'm not a member my clients are not bothered about a logo which I would have to pay for. They just want someone they can talk to in plain English and see what I can do and be affordable ) The arrival was the banana plant, there is no way I can hide it for 8months so now I've got to think of another surprise. Teresa is off the opinion that we shouldn't buy anymore because even with a quarter acre section there is only so much space. At the weekend we did buy one more blueberry bush and the last two of our chilean guava plants that will eventually complete the hedge at the bottom of the deck.
Speaking of my clients earlier in the post I have acquired a new one. An established shop called Baby Heaven which has changed hands and the new owner wants an online shop, she had been quoted $10 000 by a local big firm (she only wants basic not flying to the moon and back technology). I expained that I was low on experience with ecommerce but was trying to get more and I thought that we could benefit each other. I would get low stress experience and she would get a working online shop very cheaply. And my other current client Aquahawks swimming club have asked for online shopping for goggles , etc But they insisted that I put extra on the invoice for extras because I was working so cheaply, I tried to protest!!! I know Jane from the club so I was doing them 'mates rates' 20% discount. The club have been given funding for it and had to pay the full invoice before acertain date which goes against the way I usually work but I'm not complaining.
The Aquahawks job is especially pleasing because somebody else competing for it made me feel stupid a few years ago when I was starting out. I had been to see him at his office (by his invitation) about the possibility of doing some work and I left feeling very small and foolish. Any way things have moved on since then.
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Sunday, 13 April 2008
this means picking up baskets of walnuts, then raking leaves
This is what they look like when they are getting ready to fall. Photo taken from a low hanging branch.
Second season of red raspberries, there are more and they are getting larger.
Veggie garden being extended and lined with bricks recycled from other parts of the garden.
The much improved composting area. Composting really works.
We wanted to plant a hedge around the bottom of the front deck, it had to produce fruit. We found Chilean Guava plants dirt cheap at the garden centre NZ$6- we bought 12 so far we need another 2. Should produce exactly what we want in a few years time.This what they look like and they taste yummy.
Emily on the trampoline.
Cameron on the trampoline.
I've also ordered 3 Goji berry plants and a banana tree for later in the year. The Goji are Teresa's christmas present to me and the banana tree is my present to Teresa. Don't where we are going to put them yet, some of the unproductive trees are probably going to be cut down for firewood.
I am really focussing on swimming . In the pool with the fist gloves 3times and swimcords building specific swim strength and in the summer I am going to swim once a week in Pandora's pond.
Bike: 2 sessions a week of michael mccormack style intervals but I've lowered my heart rate.
Running: 4miles total adding one mile a week. I was finding it mentally very to do a lot of running at 5am. So I decided over the winter to do more swimming and cycling which are done either inside or in daylight until the summer.
It feels good to get all that out of my brain.
Saturday, 5 April 2008
The art of non-conformity
And so many more